St. Francis was born in Pamplona, Spain on April 7, 1529. His family was wealthy and noble. Francis studied at the university of Paris where he was greatly influenced by another student, St. Ignatius of Loyola. Ignatius later founded the Society of Jesus of which Francis became one of the first seven members in 1534. In 1537, the year he was ordained, Francis became the first secretary of the Society of Jesus. Francis began his missionary work in Goa, in southern India, and Ceylon (present day Sri Lanka). Francis Xavier is credited with having converted tens of thousands to Christianity while preaching in this area.
Francis received information from a Japanese exile that encouraged him to introduce Christianity to the Japanese people. He set sail for Japan and arrived in Kagoshima in 1549. There Francis studied the Japanese language for a year and preached in many of the cities. By 1551, when he left Japan, he had established a vigorous Christian community.
Francis returned to Goa and convinced the authorities there to accept his plan to introduce Christianity to China. No foreigners were allowed in China at that time. Francis again set sail and landed on the island of Shangchwan, near Macan in August 1552. He died there on December 3rd, after several attempts to reach mainland China. Francis Xavier was only 46. His body was taken back to Goa, where it is enshrined in the church of the Good Jesus.
St. Francis Xavier is said to have accomplished many miracles. He founded many churches and colleges and wrote many detailed letters describing his work. He was an extremely humble and prayerful man. St. Francis Xavier was a man of remarkable energy and organizational ability. He is one of the greatest missionaries of all times. Canonized in 1622, is patron of all missionaries and many school and parishes are named after him. St. Francis Xavier was declared the Patron of the Orient in 1748, Patron of the Faith in 1904, and Patron of All Missions in 1927. Navigators honour him as their patron.
Let us thank God for sending us St. Francis Xavier and rejoice with him on his feast day, December 3rd.
Your life was a gift of love, and your missionary work has inspired us on our journey. We greatly rejoice in the gifts that the Lord has blessed us with in this life. We ask through your intercession, that we might also spread the Good News of Jesus and that we might do kind acts of service and charity to others in their need. St. Francis Xavier, we ask you to keep us in your prayers so that we might continue your work for the glory of God. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
The history of St. Francis Xavier Parish has unfolded under the leadership of it pastors uniquely in each era.
Father Patrick Bodendistel, as founding pastor (1946-1950), laid the foundations of parish life through his outstanding leadership and celebration of the sacraments in all the various locations where the community gathered. These included the school, where he also slept, while the rectory was being built, parishioners' homes, and the Club El Morocco. The parish had no buildings, but great human resources. The hard-working and dedicated people of the parish did everything from organizing bazaars, bingo, and parish dinners, to actually building the school. The school was ably staffed by the Sisters of Loretto from 1946 to 1957.
During Father Gerald Warren's pastorate (1950-1979), a former military barracks was installed as the church building and used for worship until 1958, when the present church was built. He presided over an era of growth and expansion for both the church and the school. Father Warren was a "pastor for all seasons". He did everything from sharing the duty of driving the school bus to carrying out his priestly ministry. He was known for his sharp wit, smiling face, and ability to bring people together to meet the needs of the parish.
Monsignor Harvey Roach next served as pastor (1979-1989), followed by Father Roger Formosi (1989-1997), Father Don Wilhelm (1997-2005), Father Martin A. Vallely (2005-2015) and Father Mariusz Durbajlo (2015- present). The parish has also been blessed by the gifts of many associate pastors, deacons, seminarians, and pastoral assistants over the years.
The parish rejoices in its patron saint, the great missionary St. Francis Xavier, and is proud of its "Great Mural", which celebrates the meaning of God's love.
Luisa Conti, Chairperson
Corrina Centritto, Youth Rep.
Wes Moga - Secretary
Father Mariusz Durbajlo, Pastor
Rev. Mariusz Durbajlo, Pastor
Rev. Francesco Cucchi, Associate Pastor
Rev. Mr. Brian T. Pieur, Permanent Deacon
Rev. Mr. Gian Girolami, Permanent Deacon
Ms. Wes Moga, Youth Minister
Mrs. Frances Florio, Business Administrator
Mrs. Marian Fontana, Secretary
Mrs. Louise Kunkel, Secretary
Mrs. Sharron Toth, Housekeeper
Mr. Marc Carmel, Caretaker
Wednesday: 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Saturday: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
304 Highway #8
Stoney Creek, Ontario, L8G-1E6
Monday to Friday - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
(July & August - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm)
Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays - Closed
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday: 7:30 am
Wednesday: 7:30 am & 7:00 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am
About Saint Francis Xavier Parish
Saturday : 5:30 pm
Sunday : *9:00 am, *11:00 am, and
4:00 pm (September - June)
* - Children's Liturgy of the Word at the 9:00 am
and 11:00 am Mass (excluding July and August)
We are a large and diverse Catholic faith community, established in Stoney Creek now for many decades, worshiping the Lord with gratitude of heart and striving always to serve Christ in others.
Tony Salciccioli, Chair
Ed Chalupka, Secretary
Frances Florio, (Staff Consultant)
Father Mariusz Durbajlo, Pastor
Saint Francis Xavier Parish